White House Faith Office Holds Meeting on Adoption, Pro-Life Group Invited
by Steven Ertelt
May 29, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — White House officials with the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted a meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to promote adoption. Although the meeting involved one prominent pro-life organization, it doesn’t dispel the pro-abortion record President Barack Obama has compiled.
Kelly Rosati, a mother of four adopted children and the head of the Sanctity of Human Life department for Focus on the Family, was invited to attend the meeting.
She says, in comments to the organization’s newsletter CitizenLink, that the meeting was designed to "talk about how to better serve the needs of kids in foster care."
The Obama administration is really listening and wanted to know from those on the front lines what could be better done to serve the kids in Americas foster care system," she explained.
Rosati went as far as saying that White House officials expressed their appreciation for the programs Focus on the Family has supported to increase the number of adoptions.
One of the things that emerged from the meeting was that adoption recruiting events, such as Focus Wait No More, are essential to our ability to find families for those waiting kids," she told CitizenLink.
The meeting and Focus on the Family’s praise for it and their participation has surprised political observers.
"This is something I haven’t seen before: the conservative Colorado Springs-based Christian group Focus on the Family praising the Obama White House," noted religion blogger Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News and World Report.
David Brody, the CBN News White House correspondent, was equally surprised.
"You think The White House won’t have this article at the ready and cued up the next time critics take swipes at the President for being disingenuous on reaching out to conservative Christians?" he said of Focus’ comments.
"What is important to note is that whatever you think of President Obama and his policies, this White House said they were going to reach out to all religious communities including conservative Christians and they have been doing so," he said.
Although the Obama administration has proven it know how to speak words — and has held meetings on abortion as well with pro-life advocates — Obama’s actions far outweigh them, according to most pro-life groups.
From sending taxpayer funds to groups to promote and perform abortions overseas and pledging to overturn conscience clause protections for pro-life medical professionals to forcing taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research and stacking his staff with abortion advocates, Obama’s pro-abortion record seems clear to most.
At the end of the day, unless Obama has clear and genuine plans to reduce abortions and promote adoptions, most pro-life advocates will see these meetings as empty promises.
And when a top Obama staffer admits that the administration’s goal is not to reduce abortions, they’re not helping his cause.
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